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Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for May 29, 2013

Daily D.C. United links, today on the U.S. Open Cup, the USMNT and keepers scoring penalties.

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Happy Wednesday, ladies and gentlemen. We didn't lose yesterday! Not losing is super neat. Since there was a game, today's edition of Freedom Kicks is obviously a bit recap-heavy, but I've dug up some other things too.

United dig in, earn Open Cup victory | D.C. United

Dig in! They dug in, guys! Our team has GRIT.

D.C. United escape Richmond with a shootout win in U.S. Open Cup battle | Washington Examiner

A note about 'understudy' Andrew Dykstra: He's our backup this weekend and people chanted 'D.C. reject' at him. This is so stupid.

DCU advances in US Open Cup, will take on Union | CSN Washington

Recap No. 3, plus video.

DC Scrapes by Richmond Kickers to Advance in the US Open Cup | United Mania

"A dreadful DC performance was rewarded with a 4-2 victory on penalty kicks". Eek.

USA vs. Belgium match predictions | Stars and Stripes FC

We're not optimistic.

Tuesday kickaround | Washington Post

With some USMNT notes.

VIDEO: Chivas USA ‘keeper Dan Kennedy scores the winner in Open Cup | Major League Soccer

Dan Kennedy is a national treasure.

Canadian Championship: Vancouver Whitecaps on the brink of history, and playing at home | Major League Soccer

Canada, F yeah!

Surviving the European club football offseason: What to watch | SB Nation

A useful schedule, from me.